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Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation GCE is the study of the history, archaeology and literature of two of the most fascinating cultures in world history: Ancient Greece and Rome.

This course spans eight hundred years of classical culture, from the tall towers of Troy overthrown by the cunning of Odysseus to the fields of Mars in Rome where Augustus built himself a mausoleum that stands there still. You will study some of the foundational texts of western civilization, written by poets who have had their words sung through the centuries. You will examine the stories of great heroes like Achilles, Odysseus and Aeneas whose great battles and journeys form the basis of The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer and The Aeneid by Virgil.

You will look at how Sappho, Plato, and Ovid had different views about the importance of love and lust in relationships -- ideas which resonate through to the present day's concerns about how to manage one's love-life -- and you will see how the great Roman statesman Augustus built an empire from the ruins of a republic. 

Teaching is based on a university seminar style, where you will read texts or primary and secondary sources in preparation for class discussion and debate. Further knowledge is developed out of class, which forms a significant part of A Level study: we run regular trips to museums, universities (to attend study days) and the theatre. We also run trips to Greece and Italy.

This subject is for you:

If you enjoy reading, history, politics, art and archaeology. You will have an aptitude for essay writing and will enjoy debate. You will also be excited by culture and the human experience. Universities ranks their Classicists as amongst their most employable arts graduates – offering advanced transferable skills in languages, analytical thinking, essay-writing, visual analysis, critical sensitivity and source analysis.


100% Exam - 3 Papers taken at the end of two years of study

The World of the Hero Exam – 40% of total A Level

Culture & the Arts Exam – 30% of total A Level

Beliefs & Ideas Exam – 30% of total A Level